Ed Driscoll

Harry Reid's Four-Wheel Drive Assault on Reason

Say what you will about Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the man has a keen intuitive understanding of the optics of politics:

Clean, Green Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rolled up to the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada last week. . . in a fleet of giant SUVs.

The Heartland Institute reports that while the Senate Majority Hypocrite “and other high-profile environmental activists blasted carbon-based fuels at the Reid-sponsored summit, Reid and other bigwigs were caught on film driving to and from the summit in several SUVs.”

“I was absolutely astonished, not to mention appalled, that Harry Reid would retain a fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs so that he and a few aides would not have to walk the mere 100 yards to address environmental activists,” said Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor, who took the attached photo. “If greenhouse gas emissions are such a problem, you would think Reid might have actually made the short stroll through the parking lot, or at least retain Priuses rather than large SUVs for the summit,” said Taylor.

Reid’s arrogance is routine in Washington where pols ride in Secret Service-provided GMC Yukons and Chevy Suburbans while denouncing SUVs as wasteful transportation to the peasants.

Well, with the windows rolled up and the AC blasting, they certainly make more difficult for Harry to smell them, one of his many self-professed allergic reactions.

Of course, he shouldn’t be surprised when the feeling is mutual, which might explain today’s poll numbers on both a macro and micro level.

Related: Politico claims, “Greens want their McCain back.” As Mark Krikorian notes, “Don’t Worry, You’ll Get Him Back Once the Election Is Over.”